2011 100years of tolstoy ,lets have a war and peace readalong to celebrate

Now 2010-1 is Tolstoy’s centenary year he died in november 1910 ,so I ve enjoyed doing my summer Don Quixote read along I want to do a war and peace read along at start 2011 last 20 weekes I d say ,I m think of using the New ,well out in October Oxford World Classic centenary tie in updated version of the definitive translation by Louise and Amy Mandelker .Now like Don Quixote this has been one I ve started a few times but never got more than couple of hunderd pages in ,now with a nice new edition and a confidence in doing a read along I want to ,this book is the masterpiece of russian literature and I know I should have read it already and always feel a pang in my heart that I haven ‘t so if you want to join in let me know and we can wrestle through the Napoleonic wars with the Rostov’s and Bolkonskys together in the winter of 2011 guys and gals.The new edition is available in both hard and Paperback hopefully in october see here

21 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Kinna
    Aug 14, 2010 @ 11:46:19

    Great idea, Stu. I’m in. haven’t read War and Peace .


  2. Violet
    Aug 14, 2010 @ 11:50:43

    Oh, I would love to join in, but I adore the Rosemary Edmonds’ (Penguin Classics) translation and I can’t bear the thought of reading any other.

    It’s a fabulous book, my second-favourite novel of all time, and I’m sure you will love it. I’m not sure about all the new translations of the Russians and Proust. I like the more lyrical prose of the older translations, and don’t see any reason to “update” them. (This may just be a sore point with me. HaHa)

    Here’s a link about her Rosemary Edmonds


    • winstonsdad
      Aug 14, 2010 @ 12:05:02

      You can readalong with the other version I m sure like most books of an age in translation there are a number of versions ,all the best stu


  3. Rise
    Aug 14, 2010 @ 11:51:45

    I’m very tempted to read along with you, Stu. I own the same version (not the updated edition) which I left hanging somewhere in Book 2.


    • winstonsdad
      Aug 14, 2010 @ 12:07:12

      hope you do got lot time yet ,give people chance get copy and decide on what be best to read week ,all the best stu


  4. Rob
    Aug 14, 2010 @ 12:38:42

    There’s is a great idea Stu, but don’t be offended if I do something on my own for Tolstoy’s 100th. I was planning on doing something special anyway but it’s way too early for me to even be thinking about it (I tip my hat in respect of your organisational prowess,Stu)

    A readalong of a new translation would’t be of interest to me anyway, because I can’t see past Garnett as the definitive translator of Tolstoy.

    Anyway, even though I’m not taking part I’ll be happy to help promote this in any way I can.
    Good luck


    • winstonsdad
      Aug 14, 2010 @ 12:45:31

      thanks rob ,knew you’d be doing something ,thought grab the bull by it’s horns and get one of the ground ,all the best stu


  5. chasing bawa
    Aug 14, 2010 @ 16:18:09

    This is one book I’ve been meaning to try for SO long but have been a little too frightened (I think The Brothers Karamazov scared me off reading Russian fiction for a long time until I read Anna Karenina). Please remind us again as I think I’d like to join in! Oh, and have you seen ‘The Last Station’, the film about Tolstoy’s last days? I haven’t but have heard it’s pretty good.


    • winstonsdad
      Aug 14, 2010 @ 19:05:35

      not seen it yet really want watch it thou ,I ll do a few post between then and now to remind people ,all the best stu


  6. Emily Jane
    Aug 14, 2010 @ 16:45:19

    Oooh, maybe!


  7. amymckie
    Aug 14, 2010 @ 19:26:30

    Hmmm… interesting idea! I’ve read it though that was way back in grade 8 (I think) and so I skimmed over the more theoretical parts and focused simply on the story. I might have to join in!


  8. mee
    Aug 15, 2010 @ 05:06:37

    So shouldn’t November 2010 be 100 years since his death and not 2011? I myself plan to read Anna Karenina next year as my first Tolstoy, so I can’t join your War and Peace. But I’m sure you’ll find some people to read with you!


  9. Tony
    Aug 17, 2010 @ 22:49:35

    Not sure about a readalong, but I’ll definitely be rereading ‘War and Peace’ next year (as with many above, in my Penguin edition – Garnett translation). Last year, I read a fair few Russian novels, but I’m only just finishing my first for 2010 (‘Dead Souls’), so I need to get back on the horse – or the bear;)


  10. Kevin Faulkner
    Aug 25, 2010 @ 09:54:06

    Why waste your time?

    Books like this are of status/snobbery value to read just to say that you have to others.
    It’s vastly over-rated just because it’s A VERY BIG BOOK. If you must read Tolstoy try ‘Anna Karenina’ which is an equal if not better work of Tolstoy’s.


  11. debnance at readerbuzz
    Dec 24, 2010 @ 12:49:08

    I know I signed up for this, but I cannot find my post about joining! So I am signing up again.


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